What Has Two Thumbs And A CA Broker's License?

Real Estate Appraiser with Donovan Group Realty


Ca's Newest Broker

 As many of you know, I started working towards my CA Broker License last December. After 8 years as an appraiser, I decided that obtaining my broker license would be the best way to further my career as a real estate professional.

 I began taking the coursework, studying diligently and learning as much as I could from as many sources as I could, including AR! I was learning far more than I anticipated, after all I though I knew everything :)

 About 2 weeks ago I sat down to take the broker test and after the 2.5 hour morning session I was not feeling all that confident. Withing a few minutes of starting the 2.5 hour afternoon session though, I was feeling much better. After a few days of nail biting anticipation I received my letter from the DRE that I was among CA's newest brokers!

 I want to note that I was also very fortunate to find a great mentor to work with in Christine Donovan. Christine is one of Orange County's smartest brokers. As well as being a seasoned, professional broker, she is also an attorney (business/contract disputes not RE attorney). I will be continuing to work alongside Christine and hope to provide as much value to her in the future as she has provided to me over the last year.

 I plan on focusing on cash flow investment properties in Orange County and anticipate that my experience as an appraiser will be instrumental in quickly assessing property values, analyzing cash flow opportunies, and helping my clients to realize their investment goals.

 Now I just need to figure out the best way to post HTML on AR and I will consider myself quite the accomplished person!



Posted by

Andrew McGrath - South Coast Metro Orange County

Comments (6)

Pam Miller
Realty Associates - Conroe, TX
Broker Associate - Water Crest on Lake Conroe

Andrew - Congratulations!  That was a lot of hard work and you made it:)

Oct 23, 2011 01:50 PM
James A. Browning
Browning Real Estate School/REO Institute - International, IT
MRE REOCertified(R) SSCertified

congrats and keep working, my suggestion is get All the education that is available. I obtained my
Masters in Real Estate at age 50, keep on getting what is important to you...James

Oct 23, 2011 01:56 PM
Andrew McGrath
Donovan Group Realty - Santa Ana, CA

Thank you both!

Pam-I am very glad (and releived) to have passed on my first try.

James-Agreed. There is so much out there to learn about, and thankfully so many people here and other places that are willing to share their knowledge.


Oct 23, 2011 02:09 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Andrew - Congratulations again!  What a great photographer you must have had to catch this moment ; )

Oct 30, 2011 02:34 PM
Stella Barbour
NoVa Brokers LLC - Vienna, VA
Principal Broker, Serving Virginia and Maryland

Congratulations!  That is great.  I got my Broker's license too over the summer.  It does feel good to pass the first time.  It is not an easy test.


Nov 22, 2011 01:05 AM
Mike Young
203kOnLine.com, covering the USA - Las Vegas, NV
FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809

Andrew, did you take the photo yourself, then run and get in front of the lens? I as an appraiser for many years. In this climate I can see why you might want to get a Broker's license. Good job... congratulations

Sep 28, 2012 02:31 PM